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The 2012 Leadership in Transition Briefing Series

With a slew of elections and leadership changes underway and forthcoming in Asia, along with the upcoming U.S. elections, 2012 will be a major transition period for leadership in the Asia/Pacific region which could  significantly alter the political landscape.  The US-Asia Institute’s Leadership in Transition Series examines these changes in the region, looking at how they might impact, not only the domestic circumstances within those countries, but also the intra-regional political climate as well as the U.S.’s relationship with those nations.

Join us throughout this year in discussing these changes and their potential impact on the future of the Asia/Pacific region.

Upcoming Events:

Leadership in Transition: China

Date: Monday, December 10, 2012
Time: 2:00-3:00 PM
Location: The U.S. Capitol, HC-8 (Those without Congressional credentials, please use the Independence Avenue entrance to the Capitol Building.)
Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey A. Bader, Brookings Institution
Moderator: Ms. Susan Lawrence, Congressional Research Service

Just after the U.S. elections, China began its once-in-a-decade leadership transition.  With the selection of the new Politburo Standing Committee, including Xi Jinping as President of China, Party Secretary General, and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, what does this mean for the future of China? Dr. Jeffrey Bader, the John C. Whitehead Senior Fellow in International Diplomacy at the Brookings Institution, will join us to explain the Chinese political system and to discuss the new leadership and what these changes might mean for Sino-U.S. relations as well as China policy domestically and regionally. This briefing will also be moderated by Susan Lawrence of the Congressional Research Service.

Please RSVP here.

Past Events:

1) Leadership in Transition: Greater China

February 21, 2012

The US-Asia Institute kicked off the Leadership in Transition briefing series by examining changes in the greater China region, specifically in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and how U.S. relations in the region may be affected.

Speakers were Dr. Robert Sutter, George Washington University, Robert Keatley, Consultant, and Robert Goldberg, Scowcroft Group, with Susan Lawrence of the Congressional Research Service serving as moderator.

Event materials

Leadership in Transition: Greater China off the record notes

2) Leadership in Transition:  Myanmar (Burma)

March 5, 2012

Experts examined the upcoming elections in Myanmar, economic effects of liberalization, and the impact the country’s potential pivot will have on relations with China and the U.S.

Speakers were Priscilla Clapp, Senior Advisor at Asia Society; Brad Babson, Consultant on Asian Affairs with a concentration on Myanmar and North Korea; Jennifer Quigley, Advocacy Director for U.S. Campaign for Burma.  Moderated by Michael Martin of the Congressional Research Service.

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3) Leadership in Transition: Korea

April 17, 2012

The US-Asia Institute invited experts to examine recent leadership transitions taking place on the Korean Peninsula with the succession of power to Kim Jong Un in North Korea and his efforts to consolidate power, as well as the results of South Korea’s recent legislative elections on April 11, 2012.  Speakers discussed these changes, in combination with presidential elections looming at the end of the year for both South Korea and the US, the changing dynamics of these transitions will greatly affect political, economic, and strategic stability in the Asia region.

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4) Leadership in Transition: Japan

July 24, 2012

The US-Asia once again invited experts who analyzed the causes and effects of Japan’s turbulent politics after 2005, following the resignation of former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. Under moderation of Ms. Emma Chanlett-Avery, two distinguished scholars Dr. Takashi Oka and Ms. Yuki Tatsumi detailed the rise of Democratic Party of Japan, the future of the party’s co-founder Ichiro Ozawa, and the contentious relationship between the party and bureaucracy in Japan.

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